About the Archive

About the Archive

The Chicago Design Archive began as a collection of nearly 900 slides of exemplary work produced between 1920 and 2002. That collection, shown at the Society of Typographic Arts’ seventy-fifth anniversary celebration, has grown through contributions of personal collections, selections by the CDA board and curators, and by juries of the STA-sponsored annual Archive competitions.

Currently, over 2,100 examples of work by 750 designers and their clients can be found. Nearly 100 design firms have been added within the past three years alone.